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Getting a Student Visa
Attending CUNY
Maintaining Your Immigration Status
Understanding Employment Options
Living in New York
Rule 1: Remain a Full-time Student
Rule 2: Keep Your Documents Valid
Rule 3: Report to DSO/RO Before Traveling Abroad
Rule 4: Keep Your Advisor Informed
Rule 5: Do Not Work Without Authorization
Rule 6: File Income Taxes
RULE 1: Remain a Full-Time Student
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To be a full-time undergraduate student, you must enrolled for at least 12 credits every fall and spring semester. This usually means taking a minimum of four classes, as illustrated in the example above.
You must remain a full-time student every fall and spring semester. Failure to enroll as a full-time student is a violation of your immigration status.

To be a full-time undergraduate student, you need to take at least 12 class credits during both the fall and spring semesters. This usually means being registered for at least four classes each semester.

Depending on the CUNY College, The number of class credits required for a graduate level, doctoral or law student to be full-time can vary. Please check with the International Student Advisor at your respective campus to confirm the number of credits you must take each semester to satisfy your full time status requirements.
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